Monday, December 31, 2018

An amazing piece of propaganda

First an alarmist headline.
Teachers Quit Jobs at Highest Rate on Record
Then dig deeper, it doesn't seem such an alarming circumstance after all.

Many of the "departing" teachers are departing for other school systems, according to the Wall Street Journal article. Maybe one that pays better, maybe a teaching post closer to home. Maybe some other reason. But a significant number are only exchanging one teaching job for another.

Also note, in the article, that far fewer teachers are departing teaching jobs than is the norm in other occupations.

And, according to the Journal,  stats used to alarmingly declare "most on record" only go back 17 years.
In the first 10 months of 2018, public educators quit at an average rate of 83 per 10,000 a month, according to the Labor Department. While that is still well below the rate for American workers overall—231 voluntary departures per 10,000 workers in 2018—it is the highest rate for public educators since such records began in 2001.
In  good economy, people often step up to better jobs, ones that bring more income, better working conditions. The Wall Street Journal acts as if this is something to be alarmed over.

Used to be, the Wall Street Journal cut through this kind of B-S.

This article is spun more like propaganda than analytical reporting.

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